When the saw-nut holes were drilled and the blade was test
fitted, I moved on to drilling holes with brace and bit to
quickly remove the larger curved parts.
From there, I moved on to shaping the body with a bowsaw, rasps,
files, and sandpaper. A technique that I always use is to create
a template of my original drawing by photocopying it onto
cardstock and adhering it with Loctite 100 adhesive spray.
Once shaped to a perfect fit to my hand, the blade could be
installed and the kerfing plane could be used. However, to give
me more control in its use, I went on to design and build a
fence that could be adjusted to various widths along two ¾
Back at my drawing board, I drafted the design of the bridle to
the required dimensions. The bridle would have a ¼ brass
thumbscrew and nut as well as two 1/8 brass rod stabilizers to
hold the upper clamp securely against the dowels.